Granger tops tuneup jamboree

— Granger coach Jaime Vasquez saw what he was looking for Friday when his club swept two mini-fastpitch (three innings) games at the Sunnyside Jamboree.

Vasquez’s veterans produced as expected, and his freshmen starters did perhaps better than expected in a 12-3 win over Sunnyside Christian and a 5-3 victory over Sunnyside.

The third game of the jamboree saw Sunnyside defeat Sunnyside Christian, 5-4. There was a simultaneous jamboree in which Mabton faced the Sunnyside and Granger junior varsities.

Granger didn’t come for practice. Vasquez wanted to see how his four fine freshmen would do against high school competition.

“We hit the ball really well; we put up a lot of hits,” Vasquez said. “All four or our freshmen hit the ball.”

One of those hits was an inside-the-park home run by Shaylin Cardenas. She finished the afternoon with three hits.

Cardenas was also the pitcher in the Sunnyside game. She gave up three runs in the first inning, then shut the Grizzlies down.

But the freshmen did not outdo the veterans. Senior pitcher Sarah Zapien kept last year’s 1B fourth place team to three runs while leading at the plate with two doubles.

Junior center fielder McKanna Robertson clubbed three hits, and junior second baseman Jayleen Vasquez had two hits.

Freshman Hailey Golob had three hits, including a double. Freshman Tory Zapien had a triple among her two hits, and freshman Nizhoni Tallman had two hits.

The Spartans will open the regular season at home at 3 p.m. Friday with two contests against Mabton.

In the Sunnyside game, things looked bleak for Granger, trailing, 3-0, after one inning. Gabby Longoria, Olivia Puente and Cassandra Galvan accounted for the Sunnyside runs.

Cardenas checked the Grizzlies in the second. After the Spartans plated five runs in the bottom of the second, she did it again.

In its game with Sunnyside, Sunnyside Christian jumped on top, 3-1, after one inning. The Knights added a run in the top of the second, then Sunnyside rallied in the bottom of the frame to win.

The rally started with Jackie Cornwell’s leadoff single and ended with a passed ball, a fielder’s choice and a dropped-ball error at first base.

Cornwell came home on Puente's triple. Puente scored on a double by Galvan. A walk by Bianca Alaniz put Galvan at third. She scored on a passed ball, and Alaniz advanced to second.

Alex Arteaga made the first out of the inning but moved the runners up a base. Macy Clough hit a groundball that turned into an error, allowing Alaniz to score.


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